Something About Kai

Kai began his piano lessons with Mrs. Pauline Daley when he was seven years old, then with Dr. Lisa Cleveland. Since 2006 Kai has been taking piano lessons with Mrs. Mila Filatova. Kai participated in many recitals and auditions. In both 2007 and 2008, he received Honorable Mentions from the Granite State Competition.

Since he was about three, he liked to draw maps on papers. A good friend of ours, Mary Churchill offered drawing and watercolor lessons for kids in Nashua. From the age of five, Kai started to take art lessons from Mrs. Churchill, first with pencil drawing, charcoal drawing, then watercolor painting.

Kai has won two awards in art competitions. At the age of 9, Kai was the recipient of the first prize in watercolor from an open art fair in Milford, NH; the Keyes Art Group Judge's Award First Place with his pencil drawing; and the first prize in the junior division from the 50th Annual Greeley Park Art Show in Nashua, NH, for his still-life watercolor painting (Click here to view some of Kai's watercolor paintings and drawings when he was a young boy). Now Kai has recently adopted a new interest, that is the science of robotic. He wants to become a scientist when he grows up.

About Kai's piano teacher — Mila Filatova

Mila Filatova, pianist, graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory of Music in Saratov, Russia. She has also studied at the Saratov College of Music and the Central Music School, where she was an award-winning pianist by the age of seventeen. She was chosen by Kabalevsky as the best performer of his piano compositions in 1978. Since then, she has taught at the Saratov Central Music School and was the Concertmaster of the Saratov Theater House. Her students have continued on to successful musical careers in Russia and Europe.

Since her arrival in the United States, she has been performing in solo piano concerts and chamber music performances throughout New England. For the last five years she has produced chamber music concerts at the Mount Washington Hotel. She has also performed in several Musical Festivals with the Metropolitan Chamber Players and the Metropolitan Wind Ensemble. Mila has been a featured artist with the Zimmerman House and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. She had also held the position of Concertmaster for the New Hampshire Youth Choral Academy.

Mila Filatova is currently the Vice President of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. She maintains an active private studio in Manchester. Mila is also teaching in Concord Community Music School and Manchester Community Music School. In addition, she is an organist at the St. Paul’s Church in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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